"Different varieties lend themselves to different uses," says Test Kitchen Pro and Resident Cooking Light Beekepper Adam Hickman. Clover and orange blossom are the workhorse honeys. More abundant (and therefore less expensive), they have a straightforward flavor that's great for cooking, baking, or sweetening iced tea. Harder-to-come-by varietals, like tupelo and sage, "have nuanced flavors you don't want to cook out or mask." These recipes celebrate the pure, sweet liquid gold and make brilliant use of honey's delicious, unique character.
Sticky Asian Chicken Wings
Did you know? Each bee makes about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its life. Honey is the sweet nectar of a bee's lifetime work. These healthy honey recipes feature several varietals of honey. Consult your local beekeeper for something unique and different if you want to break away from classic clover or orange blossom honey.
Because the wings get a good bit of char, the type of honey you use isn't as important here (it'll lose its subtler nuances). Though we remove the skin from the wings, you'd never know it—they pick up an irresistible crispy crunch as the glaze cooks under the broiler. Give yourself a better grip when skinning each wing by holding it with a paper towel in one hand and pulling the skin with another paper towel in the other hand.